Fabian Coulthard’s flawless MSS Security-backed V8 Supercars Challenge campaign at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix has continued, with the Holden driver winning the second 12-lap race this afternoon to add to his success earlier today.
The only driver who proved to be of minor nuisance value for Coulthard was fellow-Holden driver Craig Lowndes, but the New Zealander dispensed with him on lap nine, and was then unchallenged to the finish.
His final winning margin was 2.1309 seconds, with Jason Bright (Holden), Will Davison (Ford), James Moffat (Nissan) and teenager Scott McLaughlin (Holden) completing the top six.
“If you sat me down before this meeting and told me I’d qualify on pole position and win the opening two races, I’d take it,” said Coulthard.
“This hasn’t been a bad way to start off the Albert Park campaign, and the team has put in a massive effort in getting the cars together.
“I am looking forward to a good battle with the other drivers over the final few races.”
Lowndes was the big mover in race two, finishing three positions higher than the opener, as well as setting the fastest lap of 1min57.2371secs.
“When the grid is based on finishing order of the previous race, it’s important to make progress and that’s what we did in race two,” said Lowndes.
“The car was much better in that race but I was in a catch-22 situation: I chose to pit early to try and gain an advantage, but then I had to complete the balance of the race on tyres that were going off.”
But Lowndes still fared better than his team-mate Jamie Whincup, who was slapped with a pit-lane penalty for spinning his wheels while his car was still jacked up.
Sanction served, his misery then continued when he ran off the circuit at turn one. He was the last driver home in 25th position, while Mercedes driver Tim Slade and Garth Tander (Holden) both retired with mechanical gremlins.Race three is at 3:20pm tomorrow.